KL NEWS NETWORK
Minister for Education, Naeem Akhter Tuesday said the PDP-BJP coalition government is committed to take the state of J&K towards self sufficiency by way of entrepreneurship.
The Minister laid emphasis on overhauling the present education system, which he said is “creating disabled certificate holders and not performers.”
“This is a slap on our system. Anybody who enters an educational institute leaves with a certificate in his hand and waits for a job. This literally means the person has got disabled after receiving the certificate. It is better to opt for job oriented courses and not hanker after government jobs,” Akhter said while speaking as a Chief Guest during the release function of an innovative notebook C-Copy made by a JKEDI sponsored entrepreneur, Mudassar Iqbal Khan.
The event was part of JKEDI’s endeavour of providing non-financial services along with monetary benefits to its sponsored entrepreneurs.
Launching the notebook Naeem applauded both the entrepreneur and the institute’s efforts in serving society towards self reliance. “Youth should take lessons from our forefathers, who were self sufficient despite being less literate.”
Congratulating the entrepreneur for accomplishing his dream he said, “In a disabled system like ours, I am glad he has been able to perform.” The Minister assured the participants and JKEDI of future assistance and made passionate appeal to be “part of his government’s dream of taking state towards self sufficiency.”
He also hinted at restructuring the education curriculum, and making it practical as well as participatory based. “This will help in capacity building of youth and enhance their capabilities of being job creators and not seekers.”
Director JKEDI, Dr MI Parray in his welcome address sought the minister’s support to maximize the reach of JKEDI in the state and suggested stronger strategic partnership of JKEDI with the education department.
Dr Parray highlighted the grave rising issue of unemployment and suggested updation of the curriculum to develop entrepreneurial culture among coming generations.
Owner C-Printing Press, Mudassar Iqbal Khan thanked JKEDI for its support in realizing his idea and appealed the state government to draft an entrepreneur friendly policy particularly for post production help like marketing and branding.
Others present on the occasion include MLA Doru Shahabad Farooq Andrabi, heads of various educational institutes of Kashmir, businessmen and JKEDI sponsored entrepreneurs and trainees.